By David Swanson
Benjamin Victor worked in front of many visitors from on and off the Peru State College (PSC) campus last week on the 135 percent lifesize sculpture of a historic football player. The bronze work, featuring a student-athlete clutching a football in his right arm, will grace the entrance to the Oak Bowl football stadium. Victor arrived in Nebraska Sunday, March 22 and worked through Friday, March 27, in the A.V. Larson Building. He usually came in between 10 and 10:30 a.m. each day and often worked until 1:30 to 3 a.m.
Another Major Milestone Reached at Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station; The Return to Regular Regulatory Process Brings Resolve
March 31st marked another major milestone for OPPD. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has announced that OPPD’s nuclear power plant, Fort Calhoun Station, will return to its regular Reactor Oversight Process, from the special oversight it has been in since December 13, 2011. The utility said today that the changes it has made in its people, its oversight and its processes will sustain the plant. Fort Calhoun Station has been safely producing electricity since the plant went back on-line in December of 2013.
When you hit the ball right to your opponent and your opponents make numerous other snow-cone catches, it can make it tough for a team to win games. That appeared to be the case this past weekend as the Peru State softball team dropped four contests at home. On Saturday, March 28, Heart of America Athletic Conference opponent Baker University swept the Bobcats by the scores of 5-2 and 8-5. Then, on Sunday, March 29, Presentation College (S.D.) won 5-3 in eight innings and 3-1 in non-conference action.
Seven schools were represented in the March 30 Auburn Boys Golf Invitational. Pawnee City won with a team score of 362, while Nebraska City finished runners-up at 369. Other team placings and totals: Falls City, third, 383; HTRS, fourth, 405; Auburn, fifth, 411; Southern, sixth, 421; and Lewiston, seventh, no score.
Karlene Elaine Harris Brueggemann age 60 of Fairbury died March 31, 2015. Karlene was born second oldest to Larry Harris and Barbara Bigley Harris, on February 21, 1955 at Auburn, Nebraska. Karlene received her education at Auburn Public Schools. She graduated with the “Betty Crocker Home Maker of Tomorrow” Award in 1972 Karlene is survived by her husband Jerry; daughters Jill Louise Brueggemann and Tom Crowell, Jodie Ann and husband Terrance Rowe of Fairbury; grandchildren Brandon Lenners of Lincoln, Trenton and Jillian Slama of Reynolds, Christian James, Dawson Jay, Zander Jerry, and Gracie Jo Rowe of Fairbury, Neb.; great-granddaughter Hayden Marie Lenners; sisters Debra and husband Mark Dean of Lincoln, Janet Sobotka and husband Don of Cortland, Neb.; brother Larry Dean and wife Brenda Harris of Clarinda, Iowa; nieces and nephews, aunts Bobbie (Barbara) Harris and Ardith Harris of Anita, Iowa, and Uncle Herbert Cooley of Omaha, Neb. Services will be Friday April 3, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Brian Julin-McCleary officiating. Family will greet friends on Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to family’s choice. Burial will be at Plainview Cemetery at Western, NE. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. gerdesmeyerfh.com
Leland Leroy Blankenship, one of eight children of Charlie and Erma (Allgood) Blankenship, was born January 29, 1926 in Peru, Nebraska. He attended school in the Peru public school system. In 1943 Leland was married to Norma Barton in Peru. A son, Leland, Jr., and daughter, Linda, were born to this union. The couple would later divorce. Leland served in the U.S. Merchant Marine, and then the U.S. Army. After his honorable discharge he returned to Nemaha County in Nebraska. On September 4, 1973 Leland was united in marriage to Mary (Ballue) Stephens in the Christian Church in Auburn, Nebraska. Mary’s daughter Julie was welcomed as a part of Leland’s family. Leland drove a truck for over 30 years for Darling Transfer in Auburn. He retired in the 1970’s. He enjoyed horses, and was a horse trader and seller throughout his life. Leland was a member of the Nemaha County Saddle Club and the Johnson American Legion Post #330. He loved to play with his grandkids and follow them in their activities. Leland passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, having reached the age of 89 years, one month, and 25 days. His wife Mary, brothers Dale and Lester, and sisters Delia Blankenship, Lena Bennett, and Neva Weisbrook preceded him in death. He is survived by his son Leland L. “Butch” Blankenship, Jr. of Onawa, Iowa; daughters Linda Huey of Omaha; Julie and husband Gary Thompson of Columbia, Missouri; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; brothers Charlie of Auburn; Carroll of Newton, Iowa; friend Nikki Colglazierqli of Auburn; other relatives and friends. A memorial service, officiated by Rev. Corey Miller, was Monday, March 30, 2015 at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn. Honorary bearers were Al Blankenship, Gary Blankenship, Bruce Blankenship, Luke Buchmeier, Brett Vinson, and Gary Thompson. Burial of ashes was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Peru, with graveside military honors provided by American Legion Post #330 of Johnson. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.